This story was collaboratively written by the entire second grade as a tribute to our beloved librarian.
Once upon a time in a quiet, little town called Manassas, there was a joyful little elementary school called Loch Lomond. In the center of the school there was an amazing, funny, and clever librarian named Mrs. Yankey. She had an efficient and creative assistant named Mrs. Loerch. The library was always busy with working children. They were constantly reading or checking out books. Mrs. Yankey was reading astonishing stories to the children. Everything was happy and peaceful at the Loch Lomond Library.
One day a new second grade student came to Loch Lomond. Right from the beginning, he was trouble. His name was Rocky Sullivan. He was very tall and had black curly hair. His eyes were blue and seemed full of trouble. He was mean to all of the kids and always played tricks on them.
He got into trouble a lot and blamed other people for it. He never did his homework or studied for a test. He lied all of the time and had to go to the principal every day. But what everyone at Loch Lomond didn’t know was that Rocky Sullivan was really an evil villain disguised as a student. Rocky Sullivan never learned to read, and he didn’t like books and really didn’t like libraries. He wanted to destroy all books and anyone who loved books.
Finally, the day came for Rocky Sullivan to pull off his evil scheme. The children were busy reading, writing, and learning. No one noticed that Rocky had slipped out into the hallway. He pulled the fire alarm. All of the students and teachers left the building and lined up outside.
First President of the United States
Patriotic, leader, loyal, and brave
Lover of war, the presidency, and farming
Who felt taxes were unfair
Who believed that Americans should be free
Who wanted to see liberty, freedom, and no taxation
Who gave support, freedom, and time as president
Resident of Mount Vernon
Who once said, “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
Third President of the United States
Patriotic, faithful, gentle, and determined
Lover of books, math, and George Wythe
Who felt he was a good president
Who believed in liberty
Who wanted to see liberty, freedom, and justice
Who gave the Declaration of Independence and founded the University of VA
Resident of Virginia
Who once said, “In cases of doubt, it is better to say too little than too much.”
Patriotic, smart, proud, and shy
Lover of law, farming, and politics
Who felt thankful for his family
Who believed the colonists shouldn’t have to be ruled by England
Who wanted to see slaves freed, democracy, and a free America
Who gave time as president, time as vice-president, and time as secretary of state
Resident of Monticello
Who once said, ” All men are created equal.”
Commander in chief of the Continental Army
Brave, patriotic, undefeatable, leadership
Lover of being a surveyor, helping the country, and being a gentleman
Who felt the country should be free of England
Who believed he could win the war against England
Who wanted to see freedom, winning the war, and liberty
Who gave freedom to the country, new laws, and the new capital’s name
Resident of Mount Vernon
Who once said The Farewell Address
Last summer I went to Kings Dominion with my sister, Sam. It was an hour long drive. We stopped at Wal-Mart, Starbucks, and 7-11 to get snacks. When we got there, there was barely anyone there, so we got a good parking spot. We got inside and walked around and looked at shops.
Then we went on rides. We went on a roller coaster. We went up and up and up…then down! After that, we went on a ride that spun really fast and went up really hight, too. My sister was really scared. She closed her eyes and screamed. We also went in a haunted mansion called Boo Blasters. What you did was go on a ride and when a monster jumps out, you shoot him with a laser and you get points. I beat my sister 745 to 356 points. It was a little scary because monitors popped out, walls fell, and you went really close to a skeleton and he grabbed you. They also took your picture. In the picture, I was shooting a ghost and my sister was ducking. It was a funny picture so we bought it. I still have it in my room. After we went to Boo Blasters, we went on a ride that spins and goes back and forth.
Next we went to the water park. We got a locker and a code. Then we changed and went in the Lazy River. We went around several times. It was nice to float around. We got out and changed into our old clothes. Then we couldn’t find our money. Then Sam checked her purse and found it. We got Dippin’ Dots. We went on all the rides we wanted to, so we checked the gift shops. I didn’t want anything, so we left.
We went to Cracker Barrel and ate pancakes. I beat Sam a few times at checkers. After we ate our food, we left. When we got home, I told my mom and dad about the trip. It was the best day ever!
Do you like painting? If you do, then you have to read my story. It was July 9, 1507. I was visiting Leonardo’s house. When I knocked on Leonardo da Vinci’s door, he was painting the famous Mona Lisa painting. He looked disappointed. I didn’t know why, so I asked him. The problem is that I don’t know how to speak Italian. After a few minutes, I was able to figure out what he said, and I felt sad because his father and uncle passed away.
When we were painting together, he saw my painting. To me, it looked terrible. Then he told me, “One can have no greater and no lesser mastery than one has over oneself.” When he said that, I felt better. He is really intelligent and can make people feel better.
Today I am so happy because I am going to a Michael Jordan game with my mom. Michael Jordan plays for the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are my and my mom’s favorite team. Today’s game is in Chicago, so here I come Chicago!
When I got to Chicago, I saw Michael Jordan talking to some kids. I asked my mom if I could go talk to Michael Jordan. She said, “I’ll go with you.” When I met him, he told me he had won a slam dunk contest. He was pretty friendly and serious, but mostly fun.
Today it was the Heat vs. the Chicago Bulls for the NBA championship. Jordan scored his 3,000th point and the Bulls won. Everybody clapped for Jordan. When the game ended he told a reporter, “In a game, I felt like someone tapped me on my back and said I must do great things.”
When I got home, I looked up where he was born. I couldn’t believe he was born in Brooklyn, New York. My grandpa was born there, too. I found out a lot about him, but when I met him, it was a dream come true!